When I saw the rave review at The Book Smugglers of A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan, I knew I had to pick it up. Those girls are just never wrong! A Long, Long Sleep was absolutely as brilliant as I was expecting.
A sci-fi/dystopian retelling of Sleeping Beauty. How amazing does that sound? I felt like Anna Sheehan took on a lot with this concept. Luckily, she was more than up to the challenge. The characters, plot and setting all came to life in a way that had me flying through A Long, Long Sleep in one sitting!
Rosalinda has been accidentally asleep (in a form of stasis) for sixty-two years when the book begins. She wakes up in a completely different world. She slept through what everyone calls the Dark Times. Millions of people were wiped out – including Rose’s family. This makes things a little complicated since it means Rose is heir to a huge interplanetary empire. She has to process a lot of things very quickly – and figure out who she can trust.
Also troubling is what Rose begins to learn about her parents. Why did they stick her in stasis so often? She remembers constantly having to leave her childhood friend behind. He ended up being much older than her because of all the time she spent in limbo.
You guys – the world Rose wakes up to is very cool. I am a huge dystopian fan, and I also love sci-fi settings. The history she learns while playing catch-up is equally fascinating.
The characters, however, make A Long, Long Sleep the amazing read that it is. Rose, and all the people she meets as well as the ones she remembers make such a fascinating and intriguing web. There is Bren – the boy who found her and the boy Rose finds herself constantly drawn to. Otto, the robotic humanish boy that becomes a friend she can rely on. Xavier, old childhood friend (and eventual boyfriend) that Rose can’t bring herself to forget. You guys – Anna Sheehan brings these people to life.
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan is a must-read, y’all. I mean it. The setting will intrigue you and the plot will suck you in. Rose and the family she makes for herself will stick with you. You’ll be begging for more.
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